Nice to meet you! 

An event should be an experience and tell a unique story.

My process involves getting to know a couple from the inside out. I want to know your love story, your past, and what you hope for in the future. I want to build and curate a wedding that will showcase your love and bring together all of your friends and family in a celebration that will not be soon forgotten. 

I love executing a wide range of events in varying design aesthetics, logistical complexity, and price points. I have managed a spectrum of different styles of events from uptown black-tie affairs to a casual beachside elopements. I love thinking outside of the box to create a one-of-a-kind experience. 

I discovered my passion for events while I was in college at James Madison University and worked for the university's special events division. I received my degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Management.

After graduation, I became the Catering, Food and Beverage Manager for a large private club in the Washington, DC area. In this role, I personally managed over 425 events per year including many stunning weddings!


Eventually, I transitioned into a corporate event planning role where I had the opportunity to plan everything from multi-day conferences to charity galas. Today, I am so happy to be back to my true passion, wedding planning.

I look forward to meeting with you and helping you to plan the wedding of your dreams!

Kolena Thomas
Owner &  Lead Wedding Planner 
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It's all in the name.


"Blue Sapphire Events" is inspired by my own love story and the one of a kind sapphire engagement ring I received from the love of my life.

Blue Sapphire Events is a full service wedding planning and design company located in Arlington, VA. I serve all of the Washington, DC metropolitan area including Maryland, Virginia, and the District. I am also available for events all over the US and internationally.

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